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Aerith/Aeris Gainsborough

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

Last Updated: 07-11-2011

June 25, 2011:

This is actually the second time I've made this costume, the first time being for halloween 2010. There were just too many things bugging me about the dress, so I remade it before AX this year.

This lace is far more accurate now and I absolutely love it! It took about two whole days of consistent work to finish the three panels completely. I started by making about ten one inch strips from the same blue material as the backing of the lace which I then sewed and turned out to make the thin ribbons. These were then used to weave and glue into place along the zigzag that I cut into the backing. Once that was done, I sewed the scalloped edge using my sewing machine and then had to cut away the extra fabric. Took forever, but it was worth it. D:
The purple trim was dyed by me because I couldn't find one I liked. I found a scalloped white eyelet trim and used RIT powder dye in violet.

The skirt is made from three parts: the widest white panel with the bottom lace and purple trim which was gathered into the upper, smaller panel with the middle lace which was then gathered into the waistband. The waistband is just a simple band that I stablized with interfacing. Each lace panel was sewn into place before the skirt was gathered, and the top panel was sewn directly onto the finished waistband.

I bought both tank tops since I didn't want to deal with sewing them myself, but all the flowers on the top were reinforced to stay together with hot glue (my poor fingers went through one too many burns) and then hand sewn to the top of the tank.

The purple ribbons were made using the same method as the ribbons for the lace and then shaped by me into the perfect little bows and hand sewn into place.

Unlike my first attempt at this costume, this dress is actually a skirt and seperate top which I actually like better.

I know my shoes aren't 100% accurate, but I love them. When I bought them from Forever 21, they had a white strap with a bow in the middle. I cut off the bow, painted the strap pink, and hand sewed the flowers on before reinforcing them with hot glue.

The base of my flower basket was bought from Michaels and my flowers were collected from Walmart and Michaels. There is a foam block inside that I used to hot glue the biggest flowers into place so that they were secure, and then I just arranged everything around those. The flowers and leaves on the outside edges of the basket were also glued into place so they wouldn't fall out.

I love my hair bow! Its the perfect shade of pink and the fabric itself feels amazing! It's very flowy and light but makes the cutest bow. This had to be the easiet part of the costume.

All that's left now is to cut and style the wig! That is a whole project on its own though. Wish me luck!

I'll get proper photos posted after AX.

July 5, 2011:

Alright, so my first attempt at heavy wig styling was a bust. I was going to stub a wig and attach a separate braid for stability, but that plan sort of fell through a few nights before AX.
I ended up straigtening my natural hair, then styling everything myself the morning I wore the costume. The braid was simple, but to make my bangs stand up, I back teased them toward my roots, hairsprayed them and froze everything in pace with a hairdryer on a low warm setting. Since we didn't have a curler at the hotel, my Yuffie helped me wrap my hair around a roll of paper and then I used a flat iron to heat them into shape.
At this point, I kind of think my natural hair turned out better than a wig would have looked, although I think I killed the ozone a little with all the hairspray I used.

Being lucky enough to meet two lovely Zacks totally made all the effort I put into this more than worth it. <3
I can't wait to have more adventures with my Crisis Core team!

I'd love to answer any questions about this costume if anyone needs help~

Check out my cosplay group's DA for more photos!

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Character Aerith/Aeris Gainsborough
Series Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Costume Views 770
Favorites 4
Comments 5
Upload Date 06-25-2011
Debuted Anime Expo 2011

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